I sat down the other night a watched Part 2 of Batman The Dark Knight Returns. The movies picks up just after the events of Part 1. This time the story centers on the return of the Joker(Michael Emerson) coming back to play with the Batman(Peter Weller). The Joker tricks his shrink to allow him on a local talk show. The Batman arrives only to be greeted by Gotham city finest. The Joker kills his shrink and the audience allowing him to escape and plan his final play date with the Batman. Batman escapes with the help of Robin(Ariel Winter) and heads over to Selina Kyle and finds her bound gagged by the Joker. Robin finds cotton candy on the floor and Batman believes the Joker will strike next at the amusement park. This sets up for the final battle between the two. The fight smashes thru the House of Horror and ending in the Tunnel of Love with the Joker killing innocent people all the way thru the park. Batman feels guilty for all the people the Joker has killed because of letting the Joker live. The final fight between the two if fitting end.
Also the B side of the movie has Batman(Peter Weller) and Superman(Mark Valley) confronting each other. Superman is working for the U.S. government as a operative in exchanged to still help people. The White house is being embarrassed by Batman vigilantism and wants the big blue boyscout to go and bring him in. This leads to a action packed fight between the icons of the DC universe. Batman builds a Superman battle suit to help even the odds and with the help of Robin and Oliver Queen(Robin Atkin Downes) take down Superman. Batman only weakens Superman to show that he can be beat and Batman was the man that did it.
DC has a been able to put out well crafted animated movies that are better than their live action movies. With the exception of the Batman movies if you want good story telling and fast paced action try the animated series to DC movies. All in all Batman The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 and 2 are a good buy and fun to watch.
Another new title in the Marvel Now is Savage Wolverine. The book is written and draw by Frank Cho. The idea is interesting, take the man with the berserker rage and place him in the Savage Land. I am not sure but has this ever been done and if not why did it take so long. Come on man what is more natural here. A place where Logan can let loose and do what he does best. Let the animal loose. The art work is great as always from Frank Cho and the story is interesting. Shanna The She-Devil is also on the island having survived a crash while scouting the island with S.H.E.I.L.D. Wolverine appears on the island 8 months later not knowing where he is. The story is good and makes me interested in picking up a couple more to see how it runs.The page I find interesting is page 11 or the page where Wolverine attacks the Neanderthals and slices them up. I have noticing lately and I am sure it has been happening earlier but the increase of more graphic violence in, for the lack of better terms, mainstream comics(DC/Marvel). I am sure some of you maybe saying it has be around for awhile. Hey I am a little slow here at times. I do not remember one myself. Anyway I here to review the comic not the state of comics today. Without giving much away, I not going to tell you anything really because you need to read the book. Wolverine and Shanna set out to blow up a machine blocking their signal for help to get out. The last page is great with Wolverine falling from the sky, thinking to himself, “cripes this is gonna hurt”. Nice panel.
So was it a fun read, yeah. Fun enough for me to pick a more, yes. Go ahead and get yourself a copy and have fun to.
Alright before I begin I will have to say I have been a John Byrne fan since I have been a itty pitty comic book reader. I love his stuff. John’s art work is what started me even looking at comic books. I have followed John from book to book over his career. John’s work on the The Uncanny X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Alphas Flight,Avengers and Avenger West Coast and so many others got me reading and collecting comics. S0 I am not going to write about what I did not like about this comic or loved. Well because it is JOHN FREAKING BYRNES and I love all his shit. So I do not care what your think, it is my blog, so there. PHFFFTT.
So in another title in the Marvel Now line is the relaunch of the Fantastic Four. The splash page shows the Richards family and Ben Grimm in trouble, one year in the future. The only real evidence of anything different is Ben Grimm is human again. The next page shows the present and Franklin Richards is screaming himself awake. Now the funny part for me is when the mombots come running into the room instead of Sue. The first thing that popped into my head was another young man abandoned by his mom. Years from now Franklin is seeing a shrink telling the shrink how his mom was never around. Always saving the world or battle Galactus but was never there to see him in the school play. Think Marvel may want to use this in a future story? Another interesting part was Johnny Storm giving his girlfriend, Darla Deering his real phone number because he likes her likes her. Awww. While underneath their floating pod is a war is ranging, how romantic. After finding out that his cells are molecules are breaking down and fears the rest of the Fantastic Four are effected, Reed decides it is time for a road trip. Reed tells the rest of the group about his road trip adventure with everyone, including the kids. Umm…. where have I heard this one before, oh yeah. Remember the TV show, Lost in Space. I will let you decide who plays whom. I did like reading this book, it was a fun read. Writer Matt Fraction made reading the book enjoyable and the art by Mark Bagley was good. So was it fun, yeah. Fun enough for me to pick up a couple more issues of Lost in Space….sorry, Fantastic Four.
So I decided to pick up the first issue of The Superior Spider-Man to see what the all the news was about. So Doctor Octopus was dying and found away to swap minds with his greatest enemy, Peter Parker. I have not read a Spider-Man books in a few years. I did read The Amazing Spider-Man in the days when Todd McFarlane was drawing that book and later when he started Spider-Man. I am not going to waste your time, so to the point. The book was fun read but other than that, really nothing special. Sure seeing how Dr. Oct handles being the new Spider-Man and reacting to the situations that he encounters as Spider-Man and the people around him is interesting….but? The first think that caught my attention was how no one seem to notice how he was a dick. Not a lot of panels show this but it is there. Are Peter Parker and Dr Oct more alike then we think? The arrival of the new Sinister Six did really nothing for me. Oh the same old Sinister Six but with different villains how special….NOT. The thing why I will not to continue reading this book is the ghostly return of Peter Parker. Come on now, if you want to have this book really interesting DO NOT have you last few panels show that Peter Parker will be returning. Make it more interesting by not showing Peter Parker at all. No hint at all. I may have continued to read to see how thinks developed for Dr Oct as Spider-Man but not now.
So in the end was the book fun, yeah. Fun enough to continue reading, No.
Over the last little while I have been reading the first issues of a few of the free @Valiant issues of Bloodshot, Harbinger, XO Manowar I have be able to download for free from comixology.com.I not going to tell you my thought on the stories because this is about the different medias. I will say reading the issues have been fun but also at times just a pain. First of all I am reading them on my Iphone so that is not the best device to read them on. Seeing the pages is not easy and you have to double tap at times just so you can read the pages is not that fun . Moving from panel to panel is neat but it wears out fast. I have to say being old school and collecting for 25 years or more I still love the feel of having the book in my hand. Flipping through the pages, seeing and feeling the book in my hands and at times the smell is best part to the collecting. The way the art was meant to be seen. Yes I know most to the pages drawn today are done on Mac’s or some other device. Holding the book and seeing the art that was hand drawn on page and not a screen to me is still the best and only way. I know I have not gone into great details about my views on book vs digital but I think you can see that I still love the having the books. Come on are you going to stack up a bunch of flash drive and show them off. “Hey want to see my collection of Spiderman I have on this flash drive?” is not a comment I want to hear from a collector wanting me to see his collection. In this case old school is the best school. That’s the way I see it anyway.